Osteoporosis is a condition that thins your bones, causing them to be more brittle and fragile. Fragility fractures are a leading cause of immobility in the elderly and ultimately can lead to death for some. Any bone can be affected, but of special concern are fractures of the spine and hip. Spinal fractures can cause compression of the vertebrae resulting in pain, loss of height, and potential deformity.
On the other hand hip fractures often require major surgery and can result in loss of independence post-operatively. Restriction of normal activities is common and two-thirds of these patients will need the assistance of a skilled nursing facility to continue with routine daily activities.
Although osteoporosis can occur to both men and women of all ages post-menopausal women are most susceptible. It is important to detect the early onset of osteoporosis before the development of fractures takes place. It is also vital to be periodically tested, since bone loss can occur over time.
Preventative medicine is the surest way to maintain a healthy lifestyle and freedom to live independently. Osteoporosis screening by bone densitometry is the most sensitive and accurate screening tool available. We offer state-of-the-art Hologic bone densinometer to accurately assess osteoporosis and appropriately treat it.
The test takes only a few minutes. Unique to our facility is Dr. Bourget’s accessibility. Before leaving the room she reviews the results with the patient. All questions are answered at the time of the exam and a treatment plan is devised.
Just as a cholesterol test can help assess your risk of coronary artery disease, a bone density test can help determine your risk of fracture. Don’t wait until the damage is done to find out if you are at risk.